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Alien Prequel Novel..Excellent Story
on 3 January 2011
I really enjoyed this, as a huge fan of the original movie I have found the whole series has been badly bogged down through the years in this "Colonial Marine" setting...most of the Perry written novels in the Earth Hive era despite being very good stories..inaginative and original the whole writing style of the writers I found a touch cheesy. Rather than just the dialogue of the marines even the actual writing of the story seemed to be written by a marine..in the language he would usually talk in, I hated this style.
This book however is a total breath of fresh air..I found the writing style brilliant, it was the reason I consumed this book faster than any of the other Aliens books Ive read, The stories and characters are excellent and although they may lean a little on charachters from previous books or movies are sufficiently different enough. Just one thing that nagged me...I personally found too much effort in the explanations of the gore...its really not neccesary and at times is just cheap and stands out from the grounded plausible storytelling hurting it a little in my opinion...you will know the parts I mean when you read them..but essentially Shirley has written such a gripping story that the level of the gore is uneccesary.
If you like the franchise, and are looking for a saga save after the woeful Alien Ressurection and AvPs..this will fill your stomach and some of the void until the Ridley Scott movie starts to begin its hype train journey.